Virtual Archive

In our »Virtual Archive« you can find recordings of digital events, such as lectures of the international conference »Looking at the Ghetto… The Warsaw Ghetto Uprising: Eighty Years in Retrospect« (April 2023) or our Annual Conference 2022 »What Is on Trial Here Is the Yiddish Language«: The Making and Unmaking of Soviet Yiddish Literature.


Research Colloquium »Jewish Museums: Foundation Histories and Current Positionings«

Why Jewish Museums Matter. The Creation of POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews
Digital Lecture by Prof. Dr. Barbara Kirshenblatt-Gimblett (POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews, Warsaw)
as part of the lecture series »Jewish Museums: Foundation Histories and Current Positionings« on 22 June 2023

Audio recording of the panel discussion »Ein Jüdisches Museum für Sachsen? Aufgaben – Inhalte – Objekte«
with Dr. Alina Gromova (Stiftung Neue Synagoge Berlin/ICOM Germany), Dr. Daniel Ristau (Hessisches Institut für Landesgeschichte), and Dr. Johanna Sänger (Stadtgeschichtliches Museum Leipzig)
Welcome: Léontine Meijer-van Mensch (GRASSI-Museum für Völkerkunde zu Leipzig)
Moderation: Prof. Dr. Jörg Deventer und Dr. Julia Roos (beide Dubnow-Institut)
29 Juni 2023, GRASSI-Museum für Völkerkunde zu Leipzig
with kind permission of Hartmut Schade

International Conference: Looking at the Ghetto... The Warsaw Ghetto Uprising: Eighty Years in Retrospect

Hold in Leipzig on 17–19 April 2023, the international conference on »Looking at the Ghetto ...« commemorates the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising 80 years ago. The keynote lecture was given by the renowned historian Jan Tomasz Gross. For the conference, the Dubnow Institute cooperated with Beit Lohamei Haghetaot – the Ghetto Fighters' House Museum; the Emanuel Ringelblum Jewish Historical Institute, Warsaw; the Haifa Interdisciplinary Unit for Polish Studies, University of Haifa; Moreshet – the Mordechai Anielevich Memorial Holocaust Study and Research Center; the Museum of the History of Polish Jews POLIN, Warsaw; and the Professorship for Slavic Literature and Cultural Studies, Leipzig University. The conference was funded by the Alfred Landecker Foundation.

“It’s Nothing, It’s in the Ghetto.” Reflections on the 80th Anniversary of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising
Keynote Lecture by Prof. Dr. Jan Tomasz Gross, Princeton University, NJ
on Monday, 17 April 2023 at the Leipzig University
Welcome Remarks by Eva Inès Obergfell, Rector of the Leipzig University and Yfaat Weiss, Director of the Dubnow Institute
Introduction by Jan Gerber
on Monday, 17 April 2023 at the Leipzig University
Chair: Andrzej Żbikowski
History, Politics, and Collective Memory: The Ongoing Battle in the Landscape of the Former Warsaw Ghetto - Lecture by Agnieszka Haska
Abgespaltene Schuld. Die Erinnerung an den Warschauer Ghettoaufstand im geteilten Deutschland - Lecture by Jan Gerber
on Monday, 17 April 2023 at the Leipzig University
Chair: Michał Trębacz
“They Must Leave an Imprint …”: Unraveling the Convoluted Story of the ŻZW in the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising - Lecture by Laurence Weinbaum
“We Share the Same Goal – the Fight and the Resistance”: A New Look on the Communist Resistance in the Warsaw Ghetto - Lecture by Matylda Jonas-Kowalik
“Socialist Youth Were Still Fighting”: The Warsaw Ghetto Uprising and Modern Jewish Politics - Lecture by Tom Navon
on Monday, 17 April 2023 at the Leipzig University
Chair: Maren Röger
The Witness and the Bystander: The Warsaw Ghetto Uprising in Visual Works of Halina Ołomucka and Mieczysław Wejman - Lecture by Luiza Nader
Anthology of Glances: The Warsaw Ghetto and the Uprising in Films and Photographs - Lecture by and Anna Duńczyk-Szulc
Shifting Perspective: The Stroop-Report Photos and the Ghetto Fighters - Lecture by Christoph Kreutzmüller und Tal Bruttmann
on Tuesday, 18 April 2023 at the Leipzig University
Chair: Noam Rachmilevitch
Women as Leaders: The Role of Women in the Jewish Resistance in Warsaw and Other Ghettos - Lecture by Avihu Ronen
Making of the Hero: Memory of Mordechai Anielewicz in the First Years after the Uprising in the Warsaw Ghetto (1943–1949) - Lecture by Maria Ferenc
A Multi-Directional Contextualization: Marek Edelman’s Recovered Notes on the Warsaw Ghetto - Lecture by Constance Pâris de Bollardière
on Tuesday, 18 April 2023 at the Leipzig University
Chair: Tanja Zimmermann
“Eyes Wide Open, Red from Smoke”: The Warsaw Ghetto Uprising in the Work of Rachel Auerbach - Lecture by Karolina Szymaniak
Tzivia Lubetkin: The Private and the Public, the Symbol and the Body - Lecture by Rivka Brot
Resistance, Memory, and the Law: The Testimonies of Tzivia Lubetkin and Rachel Auerbach at the Eichmann Trial - Lecture by Yehudit Dori Deston
on Tuesday, 18 April 2023 at the Leipzig University
Chair: Elisabeth Gallas
Disobedience, Escape, and Hiding: The Unknown Battle of the Masses - Lecture by Havi Dreifuss
on Tuesday, 18 April 2023, digital

The Hochschule. Material History and Intellectual Legacy

Hold at the Centrum Judaicum in Berlin on November 29–30 2022, the international conference on »The Hochschule« marked the 150th anniversary of the »Hochschule für die Wissenschaft des Judentums,« and commemorated its closure by the Nazi regime 80 years ago. The recordings of the lectures are accessible via the YouTube channel of our cooperation partner, the Leo Baeck Institute Jerusalem.

All recordings on the YouTube channel of the LBI Jerusalem

Annual Conference »What Is on Trial Here Is the Yiddish Language«: The Making and Unmaking of Soviet Yiddish Literature

Keynote by Harriet Murav on 27 June 2022

The annual conference took place from 27 to 29 June 2022 in cooperation with the Leibniz-Zentrum für Literatur- und Kulturforschung (ZfL), Berlin, and the Professorship for Slavic Jewish Studies at the University of Regensburg (UR) at the Literaturhaus Leipzig. You can find the complete programme here.

Jewish-Muslim Encounters within the European Context

Politics, Religion, and Scholarship in the Late Modern Period

Digital Lecture Series in the Summer Semester 2022

»Niemandsland. Hader am Berg Scopus« – Book Presentation with Yfaat Weiss

Book Presentation with Yfaat Weiss and Thomas Sparr on 17 March 2022

In cooperation with the Saxon Academy of Sciences in Leipzig and Brill Deutschland – Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht/Böhlau Verlag, the Dubnow Institute organised a book presentation with the historian Prof. Dr. Yfaat Weiss. In conversation with Thomas Sparr, she presented her latest publication »Niemandsland« and used the Mount Scopus in Jerusalem to unfold the history of the city after war and division.

Lecture Series: »The Search for Traces«

The interdisciplinary lecture series took place in the form of a lecture series hosted in cooperation with the Leipzig University Library. It adopted an object-centered approach to fundamental questions and methodological challenges in provenance research on key book collections in the field of Jewish history and culture. The colloquium highlighted processes of cultural migration and mobility, questions of social inclusion and exclusion, and especially issues of genocide and histories of destruction, ruptured property relationships, and landscapes of memory after 1945. Through this perspective, we discussed the overarching possibilities and limitations of provenance research. In order to cultivate a comprehensive and multi-perspectival point of entry, the speakers, who work in university research, libraries, and specialist collections, presented innovative approaches and recognized methods. Two lectures were held digitally due to the Corona pandemic and are available via YouTube.

»Wir Zurückgebliebenen gleichen Konservatoren eines geplünderten Museums«. Von der Rekonstruktion jüdischer Sammlungen der Weimarer Republik. Lecture by Meike Hopp (Berlin)

Zwischen Realitäten und Illusionen. Zur Provenienzforschung jüdischer Bücher. Lecture by Emile Schrijver (Amsterdam)

Die Grabstätten meiner Väter. Die Jüdischen Friedhöfe in Wien

Book presentation and talk with Tim Corbett from 29 June, 2021

Die jüdischen Friedhöfe in Wien zeugen von der über achthundertjährigen jüdischen Geschichte und Gegenwart der Stadt. Sie sind materielle Archive, die Inschriften der über 100 000 erhaltenen Grabmäler wertvolle Quellen. In seinem jüngst erschienen Buch wagt der in Wien ansässige Historiker Tim Corbett eine umfassende Analyse des Werdegangs der Wiener jüdischen Sepulkralkultur vom Mittelalter bis in die Gegenwart, die zugleich ein neues Licht auf die jüdische Geschichte der Stadt wirft. Im Gespräch mit Arndt Engelhardt vom Dubnow-Institut erzählt er, auch anhand von visuellem Material, vom wechselhaften Stellenwert der Friedhöfe in gesellschaftspolitischen Diskursen, von ihrer zeitweisen Zerstörung und von ihrer Bedeutung als Orte der Bewahrung zeitgenössischer Verständnisse von Kultur, Gemeinschaft und Zugehörigkeit.

American Jewish Political Thought - At Home and Abroad

Digitale Annual Conferenc from 15–16 June, 2021

This conference focuses on the history of twentieth-century American Jewish political thought in a transnational dimension. It brings together scholars from the United States, Germany, and Israel to discuss how American Jews articulated in words and deeds the multiple and often conflicting perspectives about their own situation in America and their relationship to the Jewish people worldwide.

Preceded by a lecture series on »American Jewish Political Thought: Transnational Varieties,« which took place from April to June 2021, the conference carries forward the exploration of this theme by further looking at the diverse ways in which American Jews, through their communal institutions and organizations, articulated a variety of ideas about their responsibilities for Jews and Jewish life at home and abroad. At the same time, it raises the question of how their actions, in turn, reflected concerns the Jews of the United States had for themselves and their place in American life. Being aware of the wide-ranging varieties of American Jewish political thought, the speakers will emphasize both common concerns among American Jews and widely divergent views of what to do and how.

This joint event of the Dubnow Institute and the Goldstein-Goren Center at New York University will contribute to the broadening of a transnational perspective within the field of American Jewish history. Moreover, the organizers seek to strengthen transatlantic scholarly ties and imagine future cooperation, which will shed new light on American Jewish political thought in so many places around the world.

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